Michael Pittman was ruled out of the Colts’ Week 15 contest with the Steelers after taking a big blow to the head.
The injury occurred partway through the second quarter. Gardner Minshew floated a pass to a pass to an outstretched Pittman, who leapt to attempt a diving grab. As he attempted to pull the ball into his chest, he was met by the firm surface of safety Damontae Kazee’s shoulder pad.
Kazee dove low before delivering a brutal shot to Pittman’s dome.
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OH MY. #colts WR Michael Pittman is down after this brutal hit 😳🙏
— Last Take™ (@TheRealLastTake) December 16, 2023
Pittman stayed down for some time, crumbling to the ground as the ball twirled on the field. He eventually walked off the pitch on his own power before heading to the locker room to undergo concussion testing. Kazee was ejected from the game for the hit.
Here’s the latest on Pittman’s injury.
Michael Pittman Jr. injury update
Indianapolis was ruled out of Saturday’s game with a concussion.
Injury update: WR Michael Pittman Jr. has been ruled out with a concussion.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) December 16, 2023
He provided a bit of an update of his own on social media following Saturday’s win.
I’m all good😁
— MPJ (@MikePitt_Jr) December 17, 2023
The Colts were able to overcome Pittman, Jonathan Taylor and Zack Moss’ injuries to capture a momentous victory over the Steelers on Saturday. The win propelled Indianapolis inside the postseason cut line.
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Still, it’s hard to imagine that Shane Steichen’s squad can sustain its success if its leading wideout were to miss extensive time. Pittman has formed quite the tandem with Minshew in recent weeks. He’s caught 95 passes for 984 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games this year and looked well on the pace for his fifth-straight 80+ yard game in as many weeks.